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#KAedchat – Supporting Our Nation’s Diverse Military-Connected Students Wednesday, February 15 - 6-7pm ET

Though scholarly inquiry has built a rich understanding of the intersections between lingering demographic and socioeconomic inequities and post secondary access, persistence, and attainment, the conversation has yet to encompass those with current or prior military service.

By examining points of similarity and difference among military-connected students, and drawing upon other facets of their holistic identities, the higher education community will have deeper insight on the challenges and successes of service members and veterans on our campuses.

In this chat, Dr. Morse will share and ask about points of similarity and difference by race/ethnicity and gender on key factors tied to post-secondary access, affordability, and debt, and draw intersections to our nation’s broader struggle to address inequities that linger along demographic lines.

Further, Morse will offer considerations for practice and scholarly inquiry to support access and inclusion for our nation’s  diverse military-connected students.What strategies can practitioners take to support and acknowledge the needs of military connected students? Are there ways we can deliver services differently? Are there things that practitioners need to know/skills they need to have?

Join Andrew Morse and the @KeelingHigherEd team on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm ET to discuss how to better serve those who have so bravely served us.
Join #KAedchat to follow the live discussion. 

Dr. Keeling in ACPA Webcast on Completion Agenda Webcast from December published on ACPA website

Two-Year College Student Affairs Practitioner’s Impact on the Completion Agenda

The Completion Agenda is the focus of many conversations surrounding current and future practice in higher education. This remains the case for community colleges who are being asked to produce graduates at higher rates and meet anticipated industry growth over the coming decades. In order to meet this demand, two-year colleges must enhance student learning, develop pathways for success, engage students for retention, and support student development. 48% of all undergraduate college students attend two-year institutions. However, much of the focus in higher education goes to four-year colleges and universities. This webinar will focus on the impact that the Completion Agenda is having on two-year colleges, as well as how student affairs professional in those settings are and can respond and support that agenda. Both research and practice will be presented during this conversation. Hosted by ACPA College Student Educators International’s Commission for Two-Year Colleges, this moderated panel discussion was facilitated by Dr. Matthew Robison. Panelists include Dr. Richard Keeling, Dr. Tyjaun Lee, Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland, and Dr. Yancey Gulley.

View the Webcast here.
ACPA launched a Video On Demand platform several years ago and has it on their VOD site and will be highlighting it on their homepage and then sharing on social media very soon.

Dr. Morse Featured in Article on Sexual Assault on Campus The Atlantic Magazine

Dr. Andrew Morse, Project Director and Consultant with Keeling & Associates, was recently interviewed and featured about his previous work with NASPA – Student Affairs in Higher Education, through a partnership with ECS, Education Commission of the States, regarding sexual assault on campuses across the US.

The article, link here, explores the 2015 report on states’ campus sexual-violence legislation and how equipped state legislatures are to respond to a scaled back federal stance in regulating sexual assault.

Other information from the report can also be seen in a previously recorded presentation on the report’s findings titled The Architecture and Momentum of State Action. This webcast was given along with a panel including Dr. Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA.

Dr. Morse, now with K&A, can be engaged later this month when he leads two Twitter Chats on #KAedchat, one about IT in Higher Education, as well as a follow up on a presentation given at the Student Veterans of America Conference in January. Follow him at @AndrewQMorse and @KeelingHigherEd. Follow #KAedchat to join the live discussion.

Keeling & Associates is pleased to announce!

Keeling & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Will Meek as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Brown University. Read the full announcement of his appointment.

#KAedchat – Interview Strategies for the Humble Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:00-7:00pm ET

As we look past the current weather into the warm embrace of spring, we also find ourselves amidst another packed “Search season.” This means interviews, campus visits, and endless opportunities — or requirements — to talk about yourselves and your work. We often find that most candidates view accomplishments as a team effort, and in formal interview settings they tend to downplay their role in bringing the change to their campus. It may seem obvious yet still worth mentioning, hiring managers appreciate what you do on a team but are not interested in your team when asking about you. They are interested in you. How do we get comfortable with talking about ourselves? What are some effective strategies for mastering the art of bragging humbly? What are some good examples of emphasizing work you’ve done without overdoing it? Luckily, Jeff Ewing is here to help.

Join @JEwingSFO and the @KeelingHigherEd team tomorrow, Wednesday February 1, 2017 from 6-7pm ET as we explore “Interview Strategies for the Humble”, and learn to talk about ourselves!

Follow #KAedchat to join the live chat.

Dr. Morse to Present at Student Veterans of America Conference January 7, 2017 - 9:00am - 10:00am - Anaheim, California

Opportunity, Inequity and America’s Story: Connections to our Nation’s Veterans

From the SVA Conference webpage;
“Though scholarly inquiry has built a rich understanding of the intersections between lingering demographic and socioeconomic inequities and post secondary access, persistence, and attainment, the conversation has yet to encompass those with current or prior military service.

By examining points of similarity and difference among military-connected students, and drawing upon other facets of their holistic identities, the higher education community will have deeper insight on the challenges and successes of service members and veterans on our campuses.

In this session, Morse and Molina will present points of similarity and difference by race/ethnicity and gender on key factors tied to post-secondary access, affordability, and debt, and draw intersections to our nation’s broader struggle to address inequities that linger along demographic lines.

Further, Morse and Molina will offer considerations for practice and scholarly inquiry to support access and inclusion for our nation’s diverse military-connected students.”

Join Andrew Morse and Dani Molina on Saturday morning as they dig into policy and practice surrounding military-connected students. As always, @KeelingHigherEd and #KAedchat will provide highlights from their presentation.

Connecticut College launches new Strategic Plan K&A helped facilitate planning and implementation process in 2015/16

K&A is proud to have helped Connecticut College develop their new strategic plan, “Building on Strength”.

From the plan’s Appendix; “The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) and Keeling & Associates (K&A) together used multiple methods for gathering the observations, ideas, and suggestions of the Connecticut College community. Between September and January 2015, they helped facilitate more than 100 individual and small-group discussions on and off campus with nearly 450 faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Almost 1,200 comments were collected from four idea walls posted on campus. Well over 2,200 people in the extended community responded to our confidential online survey. Further ideas were collected from four open forums on campus, attended by almost 90 faculty, staff, and students.

During the spring 2016 semester, the SPC commenced the second phase, oriented around analysis and synthesis of the data gathered in the fall. in early January 2016, K&A delivered comprehensive reports summarizing the results from the fall’s information gathering. Additional small and large0group meetings were held with campus constituents and trustees to solicit feedback on the priorities that emerged. In March 2016, the SPC and K*&A came together with senior management in a retreat to reach consensus about overarching priorities, goals, and objectives. During April and May 2016, K&A worked with the committee to begin drafting the plan rationale, and members of the administration met individually with committee members to review and refine the goals. In early May, the SPC convened additional open forums to review the draft plan and consider additional community feedback.”

To see the plan in its entirety, as well as learn more about the process and Connecticut College’s experience, see their strategic planning website.

http://www.conncoll.edu/strategic-planning/

Dr. Richard Keeling to Participate in ACPA Commission Webinar Thursday, December 8th at 1pm ET

Two-Year College Student Affairs Practitioner’s Impact on the Completion Agenda

The Completion Agenda is the focus of many conversations surrounding current and future practice in higher education. This remains the case for community colleges who are being asked to produce graduates at higher rates and meet anticipated industry growth over the coming decades. In order to meet this demand, two-year colleges must enhance student learning, develop pathways for success, engage students for retention, and support student development. 48% of all undergraduate college students attend two-year institutions. However, much of the focus in higher education goes to four-year colleges and universities. This webinar will focus on the impact that the Completion Agenda is having on two-year colleges, as well as how student affairs professional in those settings are and can respond and support that agenda. Both research and practice will be presented during this conversation. Hosted by ACPA College Student Educators International’s Commission for Two-Year Colleges, this moderated panel discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Matthew Robison. Panelists include Dr. Richard Keeling, Dr. Tyjaun Lee, Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland, and Dr. Yancey Gulley.

The webinar will be recorded for upload to the ACPA Video On Demand platform. There are two additional webinars next spring that will focus on more specific practical application items for community college practitioners around the theme.

Join Dr Keeling on Thursday, December 8th, at 1pm ET for this webinar exploring the Completion Agenda in two-year colleges. @KeelingHigherEd will be live tweeting the webinar. Follow #KAedchat for this and other updates from the #changeforlearning community.
 

Texas Women’s University Places AVP for Student Engagement Stephanie Krauth, Ed.D. to join Student Affiars at TWU

K&A is thrilled that Texas Women’s University has successfully placed Stephanie Krauth, Ed.D. in their Associate Vice President for Student Engagement position at the University.

From the University’s announcement – “I look forward to collaborating across Texas Woman’s as we explore new ways to help students succeed” Krauth said. “I am committed to building upon TWU’s existing strengths, supporting innovation and creativity, and focusing on the development of an engaging student experience with the same enthusiasm and passion I see displayed by every member of the university community.” Read more

K&A partnered with the University to deliver Executive Search services. For more information on the services we provide, and how to get in touch with K&A, check out our K&A Executive Search page.

#KAedchat – FLSA Policy and Practice Monday, November 21st from 6:00-7:00pm ET

In late Spring 2016, the Department of Labor issued a final ruling on the highly anticipated update to overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule significantly increased the salary an executive, administrative, or professional employee must earn to be exempt from receiving overtime compensation for work beyond the traditional 40 hours per week. Specifically, the Final Rule increased the salary level an employee must be paid as one component to overtime pay exemption from $23,660 per year to $913/week, or the equivalent of $47,476 annually.  

These changes represent good news for many hard working professionals in higher education whose compensation may be increased in response to the new rule. But these changes may disadvantage other staff members in important ways, and they portend fiscal and managerial challenges that leaders in higher education must address to comply with the new requirements, set to take effect on December 1. Indeed, college and university leaders nationwide have been hard at work calculating the fiscal implications of the Final Rule and examining labor law, regulation, and guidance to identify strategies to bring their campuses into compliance. Constrained by limited fiscal resources and staffing options, and coupled with a wide portfolio of work responsibilities, many institutional leaders are looking for support from their peers to help them navigate the combination of compliance, human resources, and fiscal dimensions inherent in implementation of the Final Rule.

Join our own Dr. Andrew Morse and the rest of the K&A Team this Monday, November 21st at 6pm ET as we share and learn about different approaches to FLSA regulation, and what the current and future political landscape will mean for policies like these.